With MLS on a different calendar than most of the European leagues, the summer transfer window is not as big of a deal here. The rumors flying around Europe right now about who will end up where are fascinating, we’ll see how everything shakes out at the end of the day.
Is MLS missing out? It would be hard to say no. We have seen MLS clubs turn down selling players in this window in the past. Taylor Twellman is a prime example when Preston North End was after him, but the New England Revolution would not let him go in mid-season. Dallas, probably reluctantly, sold Fabian Castillo this summer and are sorting out how to replace him in the lineup. It’s a tough time for MLS clubs to sell top players as they head into the playoff stretch run.
MLS is looking to make its biggest moves in the winter window, its offseason, which does not see the same level of business around the world. European clubs are reluctant to sell key players in the winter for many of the same reasons MLS clubs are hesitant to sell players in the summer. Generally, players who are on the outs at their current club are the ones who move in January.
The only fix to this mentality would be to change the MLS calendar, which opens up a completely different can of worms. I’m not sure if the complications resulting from that change are worth the increased transfer business just yet. It’s more feasible now than ever before, but it would not be an easy switch. A winter break, similar to Germany, would likely be needed due to our weather challenges in many cities. It’s possible, but it would be quite a transition.
As MLS is growing, I think everything should be on the table to continue that growth. It might not be time for a drastic change like this now, but that doesn’t mean it will never happen.
Let us know what you think about the transfer window where it relates to MLS and the schedule.
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